WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met last week with Shaw High School students visiting Washington, D.C. as part of the Students of Promise USA program. Students of Promise is a mentorship organization that works to bridge the opportunity gap between students of color and their peers by getting students additional help, support, and encouragement to help them meet their goals and achieve their full potential. The organization provides students with tutoring, life-skills development, college and career readiness programs, exposure field trips, and character education. The group was led by Program Director Bob Ivory and Cuyahoga County Councilman Pernel Jones, Jr.
“Change starts from the ground up, in communities across the state,” said Brown. “I’m proud of the work these East Cleveland students are doing with Students of Promise and look forward to hearing more about their continued achievements in the near future.
Students of Promise is a partner of My Brother’s Keeper Cleveland, which Brown helped launch in 2016.
My Brother’s Keeper was launched by President Obama as a national initiative to address the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, and to ensure all young people reach their full potential.
Brown has been a champion of the My Brother’s Keeper program in Ohio, leading efforts to launch local My Brother’s Keeper initiatives in Springfield, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain County, the Mahoning Valley, and Stark County. He has also highlighted programs in Dayton, Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland with Broderick Johnson, President Obama’s Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.
In October, Brown launched the first-ever statewide coalition of the “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) program in Columbus.